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Jan
1
Tue
2019
Cherry Trees for Schools
Jan 1 – Feb 28 all-day

Cherry Trees for SchoolsWe are now inviting schools in the UK to apply to be part of the Sakura Cherry Tree Planting Project in the UK, a project to celebrate the friendship between Japan and the UK.

Schools interested in receiving and planting a cherry tree should apply by using the application form below by 28 February 2019. Trees will be supplied by the Cherry Tree Project, but planting and maintenance will be the responsibility of the applicant educational institution / school.

Background to the Project

On the 1st September 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced in Tokyo that the years 2019-2020 would mark the Japan-UK Season of Culture. This season, with activity in both Japan and the UK, will celebrate the friendship of the two countries, and will provide an opportunity for people in both countries to explore each other’s cultures and technologies between the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Cherry Trees for Schools

Feb
14
Thu
2019
AKIKO BAN: Innervisions @ SWAY GALLERY LONDON
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am – Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm
AKIKO BAN: Innervisions @ SWAY GALLERY LONDON

AKIKO BAN: Innervisions
DATES: 14th – 25th February 2019
PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 13th February 18:00 – 20:00
(Please contact us via info@sway-gallery.com if you wish to attend)
ARTIST TALK: Saturday 23rd February 15:00 – 16:00

The Sway Gallery London is pleased to announce Innervisions, an exhibition by Akiko Ban, a Japanese interdisciplinary artist based in London. This exhibition presents Ban’s latest sculptures and drawings that explore to establish a primal, naturalistic and spiritual vista of the inner world of her creation.

Her artistic practice seeks to give lives to materials, generating individual bodies which she believes have their own existence. These ritual objects and environments were inspired by contemporary culture, music, fashion and her own daily experiences. She presents art work as a means of expressing her personal mythology which embodies the essence of the world she lives in.

By employing fluid materials such as water, ink, plaster and fabric, Ban intends to spark a moment emerging through the interactions between material, time, environment and herself. Each piece is a unique and improvised rapidly and responsively. She calls this process manifestation of entity, it takes place when her unconsciousness is in tune with the integrated materials. Prior to her creation, she carefully studies the materials logically and intuitively until they start to form a part of her entity, which later allows her to work spontaneously. Her background as a trained Japanese calligrapher helps her access the state of unconsciousness yet sensory acute state during which the work brings the generation process.

For her new sculptures, she carefully paints, decorates and presents them along with her lively water colours and glitter drawings in order to activate her ritual environment.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY:

Akiko Ban was born in 1975 in Tokyo, Japan. In 2002 she moved to London and studied BA in Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts (2003-2006) and MFA in Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art (2006-2008).

Her practice is cross-disciplinary, and collaborated with choreographer, dancers, musician, fashion brand, designers and other artists. She has recently launched her on-going project, MYSTIC FORMS, a hand crafted jewellery collection, with a graphic and digital media designer Taiyo Nagano in 2015, exploring the relationship between art and body to endeavour the idea of Wearable Art. She also worked as a visiting tutor at Camberwell College of Arts (2016-2017)

Ban’s previous solo exhibitions include Revelry in Paradise 楽園の宴, Matsudo, Japan (2014), Mystic Parade百鬼夜行, matohu, Tokyo, Japan (2013), Alive, Bicha Gallery, London (2012). Group shows include A History of Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts (2018), Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts (2016), SIXTY, LUBOMIROV/ANGUS-HUGHES, Athens, Greece (2016), I Never Lied To You, Camberwell College of Arts (2015).

Projects include MYSTIC FORMS, Hand crafted Jewellery collection (2015-current), The Playground, Rambert Dance, London (2018), Create your own YOKAI spirit, Watercolor painting workshop for children, Nagareyama, Japan (2015-2018), Fashion product design for Japanese animation Evangelion (2015), Cover design drawing for Power To The People “World Peace EP” presented by Basement Jaxx (2014), In Conversation with Akiko Ban Revelry in Paradise, Artist talk, Ace & Lion, London (2014), Paradise AIR, Artist in Residence, Matsudo, Japan (2014), Hat and Accessories Design for matohu 2013-14AW collection “AWAI” (2013).

INTERESTING LINKS:

Website: http://akikoban.net/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/akikobanuk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Akiko-Ban-429066390520928/

OPENING HOURS:
MON-FRI 11:00-19:00
SATURDAY 23rd February 12:00-18:00
SUN by appointment (buyers only)

FREE ENTRANCE
*All the artworks will be for sale*

Mar
11
Mon
2019
The Japan Society Book Club @ The Japan Society
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm

apan Society Book Club 2018Join us on the second Monday of each month for the Japan Society Book Club. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book.

Visit the website to see which book will be the focus each month.

Booking Information

Please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 3075 1996 or email: events@japansociety.org.uk to book a place on any of our events. When emailing, please include the event title in the subject line.
Alternatively you can book online via our online booking form.

Apr
1
Mon
2019
Music in Ukiyo-e @ Japanese Gallery Kensington
Apr 1 – Jun 30 all-day

Music in UkiyoeMusic in Ukiyo-e figured in many ways – through the act of listening or playing, or through music’s place in relation to a depicted character, perhaps a theatre actor or a geisha. These prints illustrate scenes of music making or scenes containing musical elements that are drawn from everyday life and from various Kabuki and Noh plays featuring stories of the past.

Japanese Gallery Kensington presents a collection of Ukiyo-e featuring musical instruments and those who were part of the world of entertainment. Prints by Utamaro Kitagawa, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Chikanobu Yoshu, amongst others, offer and insightful view into the world of traditional music and its importance in the visual culture of Japan during the Edo and Meiji periods.

The ukiyo or floating world was a domain of theatre and music, containing within it the idea of carefree existence, living for the moment and relishing in the aesthetic aspects of being. Music in Japanese visual culture also functioned as an important accompaniment and endorsement of beauty, playing a significant role in portraits of actors and women.

These print could be enjoyed audibly as much as they could visually and were designed to evoke the music associated with a given character’s identity. The emphasis was not so much on recalling the plot, but on remembering how one experienced the sound and feeling of the drama.

Beauty prints captured a similar sentiment. Those who could afford the company of geisha and courtesans wished to recall their experience. These women were regarded as the epitome of art and beauty and the presence of music highlighted their talents. In a sense, beauty in a geisha was incomplete without musical accompaniment.

Free admission

Apr
8
Mon
2019
The Japan Society Book Club @ The Japan Society
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm

apan Society Book Club 2018Join us on the second Monday of each month for the Japan Society Book Club. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book.

Visit the website to see which book will be the focus each month.

Booking Information

Please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 3075 1996 or email: events@japansociety.org.uk to book a place on any of our events. When emailing, please include the event title in the subject line.
Alternatively you can book online via our online booking form.

Apr
17
Wed
2019
JIZAI by Haruo Mitsuta @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Apr 17 @ 9:30 am – May 14 @ 5:00 pm
JIZAI by Haruo Mitsuta @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the unique works of the acclaimed Japanese artist Haruo Mitsuta to the UK public.

Mitsuta is the only contemporary artist who makes Jizai Okimono (“articulated animals”) – flexible animal figures made from metal pieces, which can replicate the movements of the original animals. Originally they were made by armourers in the late Edo and the Meiji period.

Jizai Okimono have gained some recognition within Japan in recent years, but still belong to a very minor area of traditional Japanese metallic handicrafts. The vast majority of these items were sold abroad, so this exceptional form of art never had the chance to develop its roots within Japan, where it originated. Its presence may have been long lost in the Japanese art scene, but these objects have been collected and cherished by many people outside Japan.

Mitsuta will be showcasing some of his most impressive and startlingly realistic pieces in this exhibition.

May
9
Thu
2019
London Craft Week: Japanese Ceramic Painting with artist Miyu Kurihara @ Couverture & The Garbstore
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
London Craft Week:  Japanese Ceramic Painting with artist Miyu Kurihara @ Couverture & The Garbstore

Notting Hill located concept store Couverture & The Garbstore is proud to host London based artist Miyu Kurihara for an exclusive, one-off workshop. Guests will hear how the artist established her art career and has progressed to become one of London’s celebrated traditional Japanese ceramic artists. Guests will then have the opportunity to try their own hand at painting a piece of Kurihara’s ceramics that are handmade in London using traditional blue and white techniques that originated in east-Asia. To celebrate London Craft Week, Couverture & The Garbstore will curate their window to celebrate both the artist and the art of ceramics.

May
13
Mon
2019
The Japan Society Book Club @ The Japan Society
May 13 @ 7:00 pm

apan Society Book Club 2018Join us on the second Monday of each month for the Japan Society Book Club. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book.

Visit the website to see which book will be the focus each month.

Booking Information

Please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 3075 1996 or email: events@japansociety.org.uk to book a place on any of our events. When emailing, please include the event title in the subject line.
Alternatively you can book online via our online booking form.

May
17
Fri
2019
BUTOH RESIDENCY DAY 2 – Mushimaru Fujieda + Aya Ogawa + Pascal Savy @ IKLECTIK
May 17 @ 7:30 pm
BUTOH RESIDENCY DAY 2 - Mushimaru Fujieda + Aya Ogawa + Pascal Savy @ IKLECTIK

BUTOH RESIDENCY offers three days of live performances, films and a workshop that see Japanese and European musicians, dancers and artists working together to advance the global recognition of Butoh – both as a uniquely Japanese art form and as a vibrant international platform for communicating in or beyond all languages. Collaborating artists include pianist and vocalist Aya Ogawa and dancer Mushimaru Fujieda from Japan; Butoh-Techno from Poland, French electronic musician Pascal Savy and, on film, performances by the late Sapporo based dancer Yoko Muronoi.

May
19
Sun
2019
BUTOH RESIDENCY DAY 3 – BUTOH WORKSHOP @ IKLECTIK
May 19 @ 1:00 pm
BUTOH RESIDENCY DAY 3 – BUTOH WORKSHOP @ IKLECTIK

WORKSHOP

Mushimaru Fujieda Workshop on “Natural Physical Poetry” accompanied by Aya Ogawa